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Monday, November 26, 2012
OSU pledge Thompson, target Kizer shine

By Brad Bournival

It’ll be Ohio State commit vs. Ohio State commit on Friday when Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) faces off against Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) in the Division II state finals.

But first some Toledo Central Catholic athletes had a chance to relish in their semifinal win over Aurora in a 20-13 semifinal thriller.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Thompson said. “It couldn’t happen to a better group of guys. I love my team. Offseason, our coach preached about facing adversity. We knew we would have to go through a game like this. Whitmer [a 42-0 loss], we didn’t do it so well. We had a chance to redeem ourselves and I think we did pretty well.”

They had a chance to redeem themselves when Buckeyes target DeShone Kizer pulled off the play of the game on a hitch-and-go route to Louisville commit Keith Towbridge.

Towbridge rumbled 43 yards to the Aurora 2-yard line to set up a fourth quarter game-winning score.

“It was all off of game situations,” Towbridge said. “I did a hitch the previous few plays. They called hitch and go, so I went. We were physical and we came out with the win.”

In doing so, players such as Thompson and Kizer now have a chance to showcase their talents one more time for college coaches before the season finishes.

“We came in at the beginning of the season and this was the ultimate goal,” Kizer said. “To get past this step and go there, it means everything.  There’s extra incentive now.”